Ole Miss Basketball Announces Signees Wednesday

Nov. 13, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. - Byron Burnett, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward from Anniston, Ala., and Jara "Bam" Doyne, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from Little Rock, Ark., have signed national letters of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2003-04 academic year, Rebel head coach Rod Barnes announced Wednesday.

Burnett and Doyne are the Rebels' first two signees of the early signing period.

Burnett is averaging 12.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots five games into the 2002-03 season for head coach Ron Radford at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Ala. The Bison have a 3-2 record this year. His high-scoring game was 16 points against Andrew College, and his best game on the boards was a 16-rebound performance versus Atlanta Tech.

"Byron will provide immediate help for us in the post next year," Barnes said. "He's athletic and is a very good rebounder and shot blocker. His offensive game is getting better and better. Byron will give us some size in the post, which will make up for what we will lose after this season. Byron plays for Coach Radford at Southern Union, and he does a great job of teaching the game to his kids."

Last season, Burnett averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 boards on a sophomore-laden Southern Union team. The 2001-02 Bison squad posted a 32-5 overall record, won the Alabama state title and finished sixth overall at the national junior college tournament. Burnett graduated from Anniston High School, but did not play prep basketball.

Doyne will tip off his third year for the Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School varsity squad Thursday night against Little Rock Central. The past two seasons, Doyne has helped lead the Comets, under the direction of head coach Tracy Allen, to a 23-5 record in 2001-02 and a 21-5 mark in 2000-01. Mills won the Arkansas Class 5A East Conference championship last year. The two seasons prior to Doyne joining the varsity squad, the Comets posted back-to-back 11-16 records.

"Bam is an athletic swing player who is a great defender," said Barnes. "He is a tough competitor. He was the player of the year in Arkansas last season and that speaks volumes about his talent. The thing I like about Bam the most is that he is an unbelievable kid and a great student. We're fortunate to have Bam be a part of our basketball family, and he is one that will come and help our program continue to grow.

"Bam is a player who can provide immediate contributions for us next season because he has played for Coach Allen, who does a great job of teaching man-to-man defense and motion offense. Bam will come into our program already knowing what we do."

Named the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001-02, Doyne averaged 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals for the Comets. He also had 50 blocks, shot 45 percent from the three-point line and led the team in charges drawn with 26. Doyne earned Class 5A All-State, All-Conference and All-Tournament honors in addition to being named the Class 5A East Conference MVP.

As a sophomore in 2000-01, Doyne was honored as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's Sophomore of the Year. He averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 77 percent from the foul line. Doyne also earned All-State, All-Conference and All-Tournament accolades.

The Rebels host their second exhibition game Saturday against Athletes In Action. Game time is 3:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum.

 

 

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